A Thousand Words: Aftershocks in Balochistan

Posted on October 31, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Disasters, Photo of the Day
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Adil Najam

These pictures from the Associated Press need no commentary. They demand our attention. Our empathy. And, wherever we can, our action.

20 responses to “A Thousand Words: Aftershocks in Balochistan”

  1. AJ says:

    I hope these people get help soon, otherwise it’s the same things as what happened to the Bengalis of East Pakistan when the floods hit them. May Allah(SWT) help us all. Ameen.

  2. Zubeida says:

    These pictures bring tears to my eyes. These people really did not have to suffer like this. We all have a responsibility to help them. Thank you for keeping or conscience alive and reminding all of us of the plight of those less fortunate than us.

  3. Aamir Ali says:

    To Ali:

    Actually the insurgency in Balochistan is limited to Marri and Bugti tribe areas. These areas hit in earthquake are mostly Pakhtun populated, and did not join the Akbar Bugti-led rebellion.

    So if the insurgency is your hangup, then dont worry about it as these areas remained loyal to Pakistan, and now they need your help. Go to the next pages and I have listed some private charities which are helping. Donate!

  4. Farhan says:

    the tragedy is that this tragedy did not need to happen. It’s really poverty that made a quake of this size cause 300 deaths and 70000 people homeless. Mud houses fall even in small quakes. That is the rebuilding that is needed.

  5. auk says:

    Yes, we are an emotional bunch. Before we start imploring everyone for help, we need to look at the big picture. While the area impacted by this earthquake may be large, it was sparsely populated. According to numbers that I have heard, the number of displaced, who lost their homes, stands at 70,000. This is minuscule compared to the earthquake of 2005. Without sounding callous here, I just want to point out that enough help in the form of tents, blankets, and food rations has already made its way into the affected area, thanks to the help of the Army and some international donors.
    For all those who still want to donate money, there is no lack of deserving causes especially when the economy is presenting such a bleak picture, and when we are looking at the IMF’s recipes to fix that. So please donate all you can, to all those deserving causes, and remember that we don’t need to come alive and come together only when there is a natural calamity at hand.

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